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  1. If you're overcharging, the acid level will have dropped and you'll get a sulphurous smell. Check the alternator voltage (on the good battery) after a few miles, it should be about 13.2 volts. I've never had battery problems with cars wintering outside, and given the mild winters we've had for the last few years I don't think that's the problem.
  2. You could always fit a modern engine https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_sam/ Seriously though, is the smoke black or blue? If it's black you're looking at the fuel system, loads of good advice above. If it's blue then you're looking at pistons, rings, bores valve guides. I'm not a fan of magic potions but an oil additive may get you through the test.
  3. I had a 4236 (NA) in a Range Rover, 4 speed box, overdrive & high ratio transfer gear, it could do 70 easily if your ears could stand it. Would pull away in top (only tried it once to see if it would!) I wouldn't like to put a 4236 in a SWB Series much too much torque for the transmission and excessive weight. The 4203 I had in my SIIa was a tight enough fit but suited the vehicle. I had 3.9:1 diffs in the axles and an overdrive fitted. The bloke I sold it to reckoned he got over 70 mph, but I doubt it myself.
  4. Ask him which Perkins engine it is. 2286cc is the capacity of a standard Land Rover engine.
  5. rtbarton

    Clutch seized

    No problem, it's just a cover, it doesn't hold anything in place.
  6. There could also be wear in the UJs and engine/gearbox mountings Check the handbrake backplate isn't loose, although this should be caught at the MOT. If you can't reduce the movement ask the ferry company, this sort of thing must be common amongst all vehicles with transmission brakes. Perhaps they could lash it down?
  7. The pressures you are measuring are due to the pistons compressing air at low revs, once you get the engine running I reckon the pressure will be 10 times your measured pressure, so a lot of gas will blow through a relatively small hole.
  8. I guess that would be due to damaged head gasket. Is there a smell to the fumes/steam? If you can smell aluminium then IME that would be piston/bore damage, in any event, the head's got to come off..
  9. The rings may have picked up on the liner. Lift the head and look for vertical scoring down the bore. I had this happen to a Perkins 4203.
  10. I've forgotten what the inside of a SIII cylinder head looks like, but in general terms you can get a good idea if the valves are sealing by inverting the head and filling the combustion chambers with petrol. Obviously with the springs fitted.
  11. Zero compression is pretty unusual. if it was running before and not now after five years it's got to be something that's stuck. If the head is off I'd do a decoke and valve grind at the very least, and maybe guides and springs. Pour some oil in #2 and see if it drains away more quickly than the other cylinders, if so you may have broken or stuck rings. Inspect the head gasket for damage.
  12. If the ignition light blows the alternator won't charge as the light is part of the charging circuit. Also check the brushes.
  13. I'm sure I read somewhere that people remove the oil seals between the swivels and the banjo casing to even up the pressure and keep the swivels topped up. Not done this myself. Make sure the seal is fitted the right way round.
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